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Empty Nest

09.20.2011 Family

How odd, to be alone in this quiet house. This house, our home, has been a nest, a place where we nurtured two daughters. My wife and I tried to make it safe, comfortable, and an enjoyable place to be. A refuge and a resource. And now, the youngest has left the nest. I’m so [...]

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Thirty Years

08.15.2011 Family

It doesn’t seem possible. Diane and I have been married 30 years. 30 years ago was the summer before our senior year in college. We had no money. We didn’t have detailed plans. We didn’t even have vague plans. No idea of what was to come next. All we knew is that we wanted to [...]

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Goodbye Old Friend

08.11.2011 Family

A couple of weeks ago we had to say goodbye to our family dog, Xerox. It was unexpectedly difficult to do and I find tears in my eyes as I write this. Today I won’t tell you the story of how he was named. I won’t tell you about how he loved our home theater [...]

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Keep Your Children Fearless

07.13.2011 Family

When Kathleen was home recently she pulled out the home movies that I’d transferred to DVD. I don’t think I’d looked at them other than to check to make sure that the transfer was good. We sat down as she skipped through movies taken when she was very little. I was thin, my hair still [...]

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Happy In The Same Way

05.23.2011 Books and Literature

Tolstoy was wrong. Happiness can take many forms. But drama calls for conflict. Stories of happy individuals, let alone happy families, are very difficult to write. You often see happy people portrayed as simpletons, oblivious to the true nature of life. Tragedy is much easier to write about than simple, domestic happiness. Melodrama can hold an audience [...]

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